Global Warming Solutions Act

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Climate-Damaging Emissions are Down in Massachusetts, but Getting to 2050 Will Take Much More
by David Ismay

Last week Massachusetts finalized and released the state’s latest inventory of its statewide emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs). The final numbers indicate that in 2014, the Commonwealth released the equivalent of 74.6 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is a slight improvement over 2013. That’s good news and is far better than the increase in climate-damaging emissions we saw the year before. But a single year of slightly lower emissions isn’t good enough.

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Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Massachusetts’ Path Forward
by David Ismay

In a recent Executive Order, Governor Baker broke his silence on this summer’s landmark decision by Massachusetts’ highest court on the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Court’s decision in Kain v. Dept. of Environmental Protection unanimously confirmed that Baker’s administration must act decisively to ensure the Commonwealth meets the Global Warming Solutions Act’s 2020 cap…

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New Law Will Increase State’s Reliance On Renewable Energy

… Greg Cunningham — the energy and climate program director at the Conservation Law Foundation, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state over its implementation of Global Warming Solutions Act — said in a statement that while the bill isn’t perfect, it’s a big step forward. “The forward-thinking diversity of resources advanced by this law, including offshore…

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CLF Victory: Highest Court in Massachusetts Enforces Global Warming Solutions Act
by Jenny Rushlow

By Jenny Rushlow and David Ismay In a sweeping unanimous opinion yesterday, the highest court in the Commonwealth confirmed that Massachusetts’s landmark 2008 climate protection law, the Global Warming Solutions Act, requires that the state take enforceable action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis in order to achieve the law’s 2050 greenhouse…